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Gasherbrum I & Gasherbrum II 2001 Expeditions and News

K2 20001 Expeditions and News; Broad Peak 2001 Expedition List; Nanga Parbat 2001 Expeditions; Gasherbrum I and GII Expeditions and News; General Pakistan News Page; The Master list of Expeditions in Pakistan in 2001.

Update 9/12/2001: Denis Urubko summited Lhotse and few days ago [we received 9/5/01] he summited G1 and G2 in Pakistan. Ciao Simone Moro

Update 8/27/2001: Catalans GI and GII expedition led by Christophe Serre back in town after successful attempt on GII  on August 3 at 12:15 pm putting all of its four members on the top but failed to summit GI due to bad weather and fresh snow.  The expedition members are Christophe Serre leader, Francec Grali, Antoni Oriol and Josep Bosch. 

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 8/25/01: Japan GI and GII expedition led by Mr. Takahashi Kazuhiro accompanied by Atsushi Hayakawa, Hironori Taniyama, Shoichi Mori and Kazuaki Amano successfully scaled both the Gasherbrum's and stayed maximum time in Karakorum mountains arriving in May this year and leaving Pakistan in few days time.

The six members expedition represent Meiji University. The expedition made GI on July 10 at 6:30 am and GII  on August 13 at 7:40 am. The Expedition use oxygen on GII but climbed GI without oxygen.

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Updates 8/22/2001: German Saxony Gasherbrum II expedition led by Markus Walter successfully return to Rawalpindi/Islamabad after putting three of their members on the top out of six. The successful bidder are Olaf Rieck on August 3rd, and Markus and Christian Walter on August 4th. The expedition plan was to ski down from the top but bad weather and fresh snow make them to reconsider their plan.

Markus have now four 8000m peaks to his name Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Manaslu and now Gasherbrum II.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 8/10/2001: Five members Austrian team return back successful as two of their members reach the summit of GII. Armin Liedl leader and Chirstian Kreuzer.

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Update 8/9/2001: Swiss GII expedition led by Mr. Daniel Schlief Steiner return Rawalpindi successfully. Four of its members Frederic Jordan, Daniel Schlief Steiner, Bertrand David, Patrice Rouiler made the summit on July 21, 2001 at 11:00 am. Frederic and Daniel Schlief Steiner might return for K2 in year 2002.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 8/8/2001: Update on Belgian Gasherbrum expedition 

July 7th : All the team is at the base camp preparing the travel back to Skardu. 

Andre Georges who made a second attempt on GI had to return at 9h30 AM at the altitude of 7700 meters because there was to much snow.

July 8th: All the team is leaving the BC back to Skardu. We doe not expect further news before they arrive there. 

Jean Tafforeau

Update 8/7/2001: August 1st: Jean-Luc Fohal and Joao Garcia arrive in ABC in the afternoon after hard progression in deep snow. They go on towards Camp I of GII.

7 other team members go up to ABC. Good weather but much wind makes it very cold (-20 °C).

A lot of expedition teams are present in the ABC hoping to get a window towards the summits.

August 2nd: Olivier Weets, Jean-Marc Dunstheimer and one altitude carrier leave ABC during the night (2 PM) in order to meet with Jean-Luc and Joao who are on the way to camp 2 of GII.

On the same time Alain Hubert and Andre Georges leave the BC for the Camp 1 of GI and 5 other team members leave the ABC to go to the same camp. At  8h AM, radio communication from GII : Jean-Luc and Joao go down to camp 1 because snow is to deep and fixed ropes are missing making the progression to dangerous. In addition it is very cold. 4 team members are thus at camp I of 

GII : Olivier Weets, Jean-Marc Dunstheimer, Jean Luc Fohal and Joao Garcia.

On GI, Alain Hubert and Andre join with the other team members around 6.300 m. They climb together the ice fall of Gasherbrum La and place 3 tents at the pass. 7 team members are thus at camp I of GI.

August 3rd: Andre Georges and Alain Hubert left at 10 h PM to go directly to summit of GI. 

Olivier Weets, Joao Garcia and Jean -Luc Fohal left at 10h PM to go directly to summit of GII.

In the morning Jean Luc and Joao are already far above the 7000 meters. Olivier stopped for a rest in camp 2. On GI, Alain et Andre are above the couloir of the Japanese. 3 other team members start to climb the couloir. 

At 9 h AM, Olivier reached 7300 meters on GI but goes back to camp I being unable to join with the two other climbers. On GI, Bart Overlaet, Heidi Ceulers and Alain Melis decide at 6850 meters not to continue in the couloir of the Japanese due to serious technical difficulties (rocky portion of the couloir).

At 11 h AM, communication with the teams becomes difficult. Jean Luc and Joao are close to the summit of GII but the wind makes it very difficult. The two climbers on GI are still progressing also around 7500 meters. 

12 h 10 PM : Joao Garcia is on the summit of GII joined by Jean Luc Fohal 15 min later. There are also 3 Spanish climbers, and one German.

13 h 30 PM : Andre Georges and Alain Hubert reached 7700 meters and decide  to stop. They are tired and the conditions are very difficult. The Kazakh expedition already stopped. 

16 h 00 PM : GI summiters arrive in camp 2. After little rest they go on the road for camp 1 that they reach at 19 h 00 PM. Jean Marc and Olivier take care of them.

By the same time Alain Hubert and Andre Georges arrived at camp 1 of GI. Big avalanche at ABC at 22 h 45 PM.

August 4th: The sun disappeared again after this short window. Everybody goes back to base camp, carrying all the material of the altitude camps. At noon, it start snowing again.

August 5th: Snow again in the morning.

August 6th: The Belgian expedition team is scheduled to leave the BC on August 8th. All the material of the ABC is carried back to the BC but . Andre Georges left alone during the night to make a last trial on the GI summit! Jean Tafforeau

Update 8/3/2001: A six members German Gasherbrum II expedition led by Peter Rapp is here in Islamabad. Team is making their final arrangement before the set-off for Skardu.

This is their first 8000 meters peak plus first visit to Pakistan. Though the team has waste experience in Alps, Pamir and North America. The team members are Ms. Marga Lehrberger, Christian Ranke, Wolfram Haines, Karl Schroth and Detlev Bork.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 8/2/2001: Spanish GII expedition return back successfully two of their members reach the summit on 10 and 12 July. Jordi Canut and Salvador Bayarri are the summiters. 

German GII expedition return back unsuccessfully. The expedition led by Robert Rackl.

The other members were  Robert Eckhardt, Gisbert Weber, Monika Weber, Wilhelm Kreuzer, Rudolf Gschaider, Rob Meijer, Bertold Hochstuhl, Ralf Rumpa, Michael Kropf, Angelika Sontag and Franz Stoeckl.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 7/31/2001: The Basque expedition Sustatu/Beaz had summitted G-II 07/23/01 via normal route. Inigo Altube, Luis Basarrate and Roberto Rodrigo had departed from Camp IV at 00.00 am. Inigo and Luis had summitted at 13.00 pm. Roberto must retreat only 90 meters below the summit. Bad weather descending but they are safe at basecamp now.  best regards Pedro Lopez 

Update 7/29/2001: Update about the Belgian expedition on Gasherbrum:

July 17th

Heavy snowing even at the level of the base camp.

July 18th

8 team members go up to the advanced base camp (ABC). Very hot weather makes it quite hard.

July 19th

Jean-Luc Fohal et Jean-François Bassine go to camp 1 of GII. Alain Hubert, Heidi Ceulers, Olivier Weets et Thierry Graulich start to make the road again towards Gasherbrum La. 3 additional team members arrive at the ABC with 3 altitude carriers. 

July 20th

Alain Hubert, Dominique Lebon and Thierry Graulich go up again with Bart Overlaet et Heidi Ceulers to install a first tent at camp 1 of GI. Olivier Weets go up to camp 1 of GII with 3 altitude carriers, planning to install camp 2 of GII. At the same time Jean-Luc Fohal and Jean-Francois Bassine were going down to the ABC. At 6 AM Jean-François Bassine fell down accidentally and died.

All the team is informed and mobilized to bring the body back to the ABC. Very difficult moment for all the team.

July 21st

The body of Jean Francois is carried back to the BC and to Skardu by helicopter.

July 22nd

Many doubts among the Belgian team after the tragic accident. Andre Georges and Jean Luc Fohal plan however to go directly to the summit of GII from the BC, meaning a climb 2.900 meters from 5100 to 8000.

July 23th

Jean Luc Fohal stopped in camp I of GII while Andre Georges continued towards the summit. Bad weather again in the afternoon and everybody is worrying but at 3 H 30 PM Andre Georges is back to camp I: he reached the summit of GII at noon after an uninterrupted climb of 16 hours!!

July 24th

Bad weather again with more than 30 cm of snow at the ABC.

July 25th

Everybody is back to base camp waiting for better weather conditions.

Jean Tafforeau

Update 7/25/2001: The Spanish climbers (from Valencia) Jordi Canut and Salvador Bayarri had summitted Gasherbrum II (8.035 m) 07/11/01 Pedro.

Note two NEW updates are below:

Update 7/24/2001: Good news from GII, where Silvio Mondinelli (Focus Exp.), who summited Everest without oxygen last spring, reached the top of GII just one week after his arrival in BC. He started in the night of Saturday, at 11 PM together with Basque climber Jesus Maria "Txetxu" Lete (Focus Exp.); they had to climb in deep snow, after a heavy snowfall on Thursday had put one meter of snow in BC. Despite the exhausting proceeding and the dramatic accident they witnessed, in which a Belgian climber slipped and fell to his death, they reached the summit at 6.30 AM, first summiters after the bad weather of the last week. On Monday Mondinelli and Lete were already back in BC. Now, after some rest days in BC, on Friday Silvio will leave BC to attempt Gasherbrum I following a new route together with the Kazakh members led by Denis Urubko. Manuel FOCUS WORLD EXPEDITIONS 

Update 7/24/2001: Belgian climber dies on GII 

Jean Bassine lost his life on Gasherbrum II 8035 meters according to  information made available from Askari Aviation. Jean was the member of the Belgian expedition led by Jean Lue Fohl. His body was lowered from 5900 meters to the base camp. it was later taken by the Askari Aviation which reached Skardu town some time at 2:30 pm on Saturday and was flown to Islamabad on Sunday. The accident happened on July 20.

There are reports from the different base camps that the weather up in the Karakorum is not so friendly. New snow covered the crevasses and make very hard for the climbers to attempt the top... 

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 7/21/2001: Greeks finally hosted their country flag at the Summit of Gasherbrum II on July 10 at 11:15 am Christos Barouchas was the man which make this happen. The expedition will return for Broad Peak in year 2002.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 7/20/2001: The UK Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Thomas Richardson is back after an un-successful attempt. The eight members expedition had left for base camp on 10th June. Three members of the expedition were already left base camp because of ill health. Five members are now in Skardu and will be back to Islamabad after few days. More will be published when they reach Islamabad. Essar Karim 

Sorry I forgot to mention that the High Altitude porter Farzar Khan (from Shimshal Valley) of the UK Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Thomas Richardson made the summit. The leader had to return about 200 meters short of the Summit because of heavy snow but his high altitude porter made the summit. Best Wishes Essar Karim 

Update 7/19/2001: Rescue of Andre Joseph. A member of the French Allibert Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Villard Emmanuel has had altitude sickness. In the morning when I had the telephone call from Gilles the deputy leader of the expedition, Mr. Naiknam Karim went to Askari Aviation and will send a helicopter to Concordia. I will send you more news. Essar Karim

Update 7/19/2001: Here is news from the GB II base camp. One member of Amical Alpin Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Robert Rackl, Franz Stockl was fell down at camp I into a 20m deep crevasse. He was brought to base camp by his climbing partners. As soon as we heard the news from Ralf Dujmovits Amical Alpin Germany we managed to send the helicopter. I will keep you updated with the latest information. 

We cancelled the rescue of Mr. Franz Stockl, he is alright now and can trek back to Skardu. Best Wishes Essar Karim

Update 7/17/2001: Update from the Belgian GI-GII expedition:

July 12th: The altitude porters carried some materiel to Advanced Base Camp (ABC or Camp 1) at 5.950 m. It is very hot on the glacier and it is difficult to find his way among the seracs and the crevasses. 

July 13th: Some team members went up to recognize the way between BC and ABC. Very cloudy weather.

July 14th: Departure delayed due to heavy snowing. Three high altitude porters and several team members reach the ABC but they were dehydrated due to the long progression on the glacier with very hot temperature. Some tents are installed. Three team members stay overnight at the ABC and the others go back down to the base camp.

July 15th: Joao Garcia and Alain Hubert go up again to ABC in order to install a mess tent, stay overnight and try to go further on the way of GII the day after. 

July 16th: Heavy snowing at the BC.

Jean Tafforeau

Update 7/15/2001: Belgian GI-II expedition

July 9th : Arrived in Concordia but weather is cloudy and impossible to see K2. Last camp before base camp is installed in Shagrim (4750 meters). 

July 10th : Arrival in Base Camp which is very crowded. This is the place where the expedition will stay for four weeks. 

July 11th : Installing base camp : 1 big tent for dinner, 1 tent ‘salon’ and communication (220 V, radio, PC, telephone), 1 tent for shower. Meeting with other expeditions from Switzerland, Italy, Chili, Germany, Greece. Weather is still cloudy.

Update 7/12/2001: Japan GII expedition led by Mr. Kanazuri made the summit putting 4 climbers on the top on 9th and 5 climbers on the top 10th July.

Another Japan expedition led by Mr. Takahasi made the summit putting 6 climbers on the top on GII.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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Update 7/11/2001: Bad news: Essar Karim is reporting from Pakistan that a leader of an expedition (we are holding the name) has died according to a the Liaison officer of the Gasherbrum I Expedition. the Liaison officer called from Gasherbrum I Base Camp. He said that the climber of the Gasherbrum I Expedition, has died after a successful climb to the Summit. He and his partner were descending after their climb and the climber died due to a fall between Camp III and Camp IV. His dead body was found at Camp II. He will be buried at Camp II in a crevasse. More news yet to come... Source: Essar Karim [For the update and full reports on this story see here.]

Update 7/10/2001: The Karakorams Summits have started and now climbers are attacking towards the summits. The success of Focus Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Tsivelekas Kostantinos has put one climber Christos Barouchas from Greece and one high altitude Izat Ullah from Shimshal (Hunza Valley). They will leave Base Camp on 14th July. The Greek member together with high altitude porter were at Summit early in the morning by 6. We have not received the details yet. Cheers Essar Karim

NEWSFLASH 7/9/2001 6:29AM: Yesterday 7/8/2001 Alberto Inurrategui and Jon Beloki reached the summit of  G-I (Hidden Peak 8068 meters) via the normal route. They had left the final camp at 11:30 pm. They had descended safely to Camp II after reaching the Summit. Alberto had used Felix Inurrategui piolet and had dedicated this summit to him (Felix died the last year descending G-2.) After this summit Alberto  only has Annapurna remaining to finish the 14 8000's. Best regards Pedro

7/8/2001: The great climber, Alberto Inurrategui, is expected to attack the Summit of G1 soon. First up this season, maybe ? For more on Alberto Inurrategui see below and the 8000 meter page, where his Summits are undisputed.

Actual situation (07/06) Installed Camp III (7000 meters) Yesterday,  Alberto and Jon Beloki had begun the first assault on the summit. Probably Summit on Sunday 8th July; If Alberto summits Hidden Peak (G1), only Annapurna remains to finish the Quest for the 14 8000's. Best regards Pedro

7/8/2001: Today French Allibert Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Villard Emmanuel and assisted Maciaszczyk Gilles has arrived. The 12 members expedition plans to summit Gasherbrum II. They will be at the base camp until the end of the August. The expedition members are strong and most have experience above 7000 meters. They will start to Skardu on Monday if weather permits they will fly. The other members are Maciaszczyk Mireille Sylvie, Bonnecaze Gaston, Bourdet Oron Pierre Laurent, Cazeaux De Duyver Isabelles, Cazeaux Patrick, Abrigeon, Etchelecou Andre Jean Joseph, Perreur Lloyd Torielle, Wazosek Martin Joseph and Secher Philippe. More News will be coming.. Essar Karim

Update 7/6/2001: News about UK International Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Thomas Richardson.

Today (7/3) one member of  UK International Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Thomas Richardson is back from the base camp. An Irish member of the expedition Mr. John Lawor said that the expedition has already established Camp III and weather is favorable. He said I did not want to leave the expedition and the area but I had to because of my bad health. There are lot of expeditions at the base camp of Gasherbrum I and II. It is a wonderful area. One more member of the Expedition Mr. Lodewijk Strik also returned few days before. There are seven members at the moment. The other members include: Mr. Henry Todd (this is Henry's second attempt to the same peak. He was leading Scottish International Gasherbrum II Expedition in 2000), Mr. Robert Harper, Mr. D. Mellor, Mr. Andrew Wannerton, Mr. Robert Harper and expedition leader Thomas Richardson. Source: Essar Karim

Update 7/4/2001: Update of Belgian expedition "2001 Odyssee for 8000". Both teams arrived in Islamabad on June 29th. They left for Skardu on July 1st after solving some problem with the summit authorization for those teams members who introduced a request for both GI and GII summits. They arrived in Skardu on July 2nd late in the afternoon. Source: Jean Tafforeau from the Belgian Alpine Club

Update 7/3/2001: [#2] Belgium GII expedition Mr. Graulich Brussels, Belgium GII Coming on 6/25/01 Members 10 and [#12] Belgium Odyssee GI expedition Mr. Fohal Belgium GI North Face arriving on 25.6.01 persons 10 

Those two teams are in fact only one with some of the members going for climbing either G1 or G2; some hope to climb both summits.

Total number members is 17:  Jean-Francois Bassine, Adelheid Ceulers, Jean-Marc Dunstheimer, Jean-Luc Fohal, Joao Garcia from Portugal, Andre Georges from Switzerland, Alain Hubert, Christine Joris, Benoit Lambert, Dominique Lebon, Alain Melis, Bart Overlaet, Jean-Claude Semal, Maurits Vreugde, and Olivier Weets. 

Joao Garcia was on Everest Tibetan site with Pascal Debrouwer in 1999 when Pascal died. Alain Hubert already made five attempts to Everest. Andre Georges has already climbed 8 8000 meter peaks. The team arrived in Islamabad on June 29th 2001.  Source: Jean Tafforeau from the Belgian Alpine Club

Update 7/2/2001: More news on Spanish Cimunidad Valenciana Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Dario Bas Marin.

Two members of the Spanish Cimunidad Valenciana Gasherbrum II Expedition led by Dario Bas Marin. Mr. Santiago Alvarruiz Bermejo and Pau De Diego Gonga are back from the Base Camp and are in Skardu. Today they tried to fly to Islamabad but weather did not permit them to fly. I tried to contact our camp office Skardu but could talk to any because of bad communication. I will send you the reason why they are back from the base camp so earlier. Best Wishes Essar Karim

Update 7/1/2001: Italian Gasherbrum II Expedition, which is a part of Focus International Gasherbrum II Expedition led Mr. Tsivelekas Kostantinos reached the Capital city today. A seven member Italian Expedition which aims to climb Gasherbrum II had their briefing today and will proceed to Skardu the day after tomorrow. The members of the Italian Expedition are seemed to be strong climbers and one member Mr. Silvio Mondinelli (who will join the Kazakhstan Gasherbrum I and II Expedition) made a successful attempt on Everest late this May without Oxygen. The rest of the members are equally excited and are focusing on their climb. Today at Adventure Tours Pakistan's office I met the group. I will be updating the news.

Members of the Italian Gasherbrum II Expedition.
Claudio Masternicola
Domencio Di Bartolomeo
Daniele Nardi
Vittorio Misiti
Renato Andorno
Silvio Mondinelli will join the Kazakhstan Gasherbrum I and II Expedition but will have his base camp with his Italian friends. Source: Essar Karim

Update 6/28/2001: Kazaks Gasherbrum I and II Expedition.

The Kazaks have arrived in Islamabad, along with their Russian friends. At the Airport they were welcomed by Mr. Naiknam Karim, General Manager of Adventure Tours Pakistan. This is their very first visit to Pakistan and are very happy to be here. Today it was a free day for them and they will have their formal meeting at Ministry of Tourism Tomorrow. After their briefing they will leave for Skardu on 28th and will reach to Skardu on 30 having a break at Chilas. Leader of the Expedition Mr. Ervand Illyinskiy, who is also the coach as well as the organizer of the Kazak members of the Expedition is a very good climber. He has climbed about four eight-thousand meter high peaks including Everest in 1990. All members from Kazakhstan are young and are in their twenties, but are very good and strong climbers and all have climbed Mount Everest once. As the leader of the Expedition says " we have young but a very strong team, and I'm sure we can make both peaks. Because we have good experience on eight-thousand peaks. And almost every member of the expedition has climbed about four eight-thousand meter peaks. He adds, we live near mountains and we practice on every holidays and keep climbing around the year." The leader is assisted by 27 year old Mr. Denis Urubko, who is equally an experienced climber. He has reached on top of Everest last year with an Italian climber "Simon Moro" on 24th May. And this year on 23 May, he climbed Lhotse. He says " May is my lucky month". During the meeting, Mr. Ashraf Aman Managing Director of Adventure Tours Pakistan said that " I try my best to introduce Pakistani mountains to world, he added that this year ATP has two new countries introduced, Estonians and Kazaks. In 1998 I had Venezuelans and in 1997 I introduced Iranians and Turkish climbers to K-2 in the same year." Mr. Serguei Bogolomov and Mr. Boris Sedoussov from Russia are also good and experienced climbers and have climbed Everest. Mr. Bogolomov has climbed Everest, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and Lhotse. One Italian Mr. Silvio Mondinelli will join them at the Base Camp.  Team List: Mr. Ilyinskiy Ervand, Kazakhstan; Mr. Maxut Zhumayev, Kazakhstan; Mr. Vassiliy Pivtsov, Kazakhstan; Mr. Alexey Raspopov,  Kazakhstan; Mr. Sergey Lavrov,  Kazakhstan; Mr. Vassiliy Litvinov,  Kazakhstan; Mr. Denis Urubko,  Kazakhstan; Mr. Damir Molgochey,  Kazakhstan; Mr. Serguei Bogomolov, Russia; Mr. Boris Sedoussov,  Russia; Mr. Tortladze,  Georgia; Mr. Silvio Mondinelli, Italian. Source: Essar Karim 

Note: Others reported Denis Urubko as headed to K2.... Stay tuned.

Update 6/27/2001: Catalans G I and G II expedition led by Christophe Serre is here to make their final arrangement before they will leave for Skardu. Josep Noguera, Antonio Montalban, Marc Sanllehi, and Jordi Barrancos will attempt both the peaks, whereas Christophe Serre, Francesc Grali, Antoni Oriol and Josep Bosch will attempt GII only.

The Catalans [different climbers] have climbed all the 14 8000 meters peaks in the World. This is the first time that Catalans expedition is climbing two peak in one time.

Austrian GII expedition leave for Skardu. The expedition is led by Armin Liedl and accompanied by Walter Weninger, Christian Kreuzer, Thomas Eder, Roman Rodler.

Source: Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS

The Spanish UES Karakoram GB II Expedition has landed in Pakistan yesterday and had their briefing, a formal meeting at the Ministry of Tourism. The leader of the Expedition, Mr. Chrsitophe Serre, a French-man, and Josep Noguera the organizer of the Expedition, were at the ministry along with their Liaison Officer,  Major Ali Akbar. This morning they have started their journey to Skardu. They will have a rest day at Skardu and will continue towards the Base Camp the next day. In a meeting with Mr. Ashraf Aman (Managing Director of Adventure Tours Pakistan) and Naiknam Karim (General Manager of Adventure Tours Pakistan) said they were very much excited to organize their Expedition and appreciated how ATP organizes things in Islamabad and in the mountains. Few of the members have never been to Pakistan before and are very excited about their Karakoram Expedition. Most of them are very experienced mountaineers and are physically fit. Four members Mr. Josep Noguera, Antonio Montalban. Jorge Barrancos and Mar Samlleh are from Spain, these members will join German Saxon Gasherbrum I and II Expedition led by Mr. Markus Hannes Walter while two Germans, Ms. Lydia Schubert and Mr. Ralf Brummer will join Spanish UES Karakoram Expedition led by Mr. Christophe Serre. Here are the names of the members of the Spanish Gasherbrum II Expedition. Mr. Francese Grau. Mr. Antoni Oriol Ganas, Mr. Jose Bosch Estrada, Mr. Christophe Seere, Ms. Lydia Schubert and Mr. Ralf Brummer. Source Essar Karim

Update 6/26/2001: A five member German Expedition led by Markus Hannes Walter had their briefing today at ministry of tourism Islamabad. They are leaving for Karakoram Mountains tomorrow. This is an International Expedition. They have a cooperation with a Spanish Group. Few members of Spanish Expedition will participate with the Germans. There is only one lady "Lydia Schubert" accompanying the German group. Both German and Spanish Teams are assisted by Adventure Tours Pakistan, by Mr. Ashraf Aman the 1st Pakistani to climb K-2. 

The members of the Saxon Karakorum Expedition come from Leipzig and Dresden and belong to the most experienced alpinists of Eastern Germany. Most of them have experiences on one or more Eight thousand peaks as well as outstanding first ascents in Himalaya, Karakorum and Pamir. 

Before coming to Pakistan they had a short training. as they say "For final preparation we started a common Tour in the Zillertaler Alps. We wanted to meet each other at 5th turn of the Pfitscherjochstrasse on Saturday at 4 o'clock in the morning. We planned to ascent the northern sides of Hochferner (3463m) and Hochfeiler (3510m). Ralf, Christian and Markus - who intend to descend by ski from both Gasherbrums - also wanted to improve their ski skills". 

Bellow you will find about the climber and their mountaineering experience.
Ralf Brummer born 07.12.1950 in Leipzig
lives in Leipzig,
Profession: Constructional engineer, manager, self-employee
Climbing since 1977
Tours:
Kaukasus:
a.. Dshan Tugan 3991 m
a.. Pik Germanow 3993 m
a.. Tscheget Tau 4109 m
a.. Bscheduch 4271 m
a.. Elbrus 5633 m
Pamir-Alai:
a.. Pik Mir 4900 m
a.. Pik Rosdelnaja 6148 m
a.. Pik Leipzig 5725 m (1. ascent)

climbing in Alps and Saxon Switzerland

Dr. Olaf Rieck born 15.10.1964 in Wittenberg
lives in Leipzig Profession: Veterinarian Climbing since 1988
Tours:
Himalaya:
a.. Cho Oyu 8201 m
a.. Imja Tse (winter) 6189 m
a.. Pokalde 5922 m
a.. Chhukung Ri 5546 m
a.. Cho Polu 6734 m (1. ascent)
Karakorum:
a.. Gasherbrum II bis 6800 m
Pamir-Alai:
a.. Pik Energie 5134 m
Skandinavia:
a.. Passing of the Svartisen Glacier (North Norway)
Arktis:
a.. Crossing of Spitsbergen (Svalbard-Archipel)
a.. first ascents of numerous unnamed peaks
Alaska: Passing of the Glacier Bay 
Climbing in Alps and Saxon Switzerland

Lydia Schubert born 13.04.1971 in Eisenach
lives in Leipzig Profession: Nurse; Diploma in Social Pedagogy
Climbing since 1979
Tours:
Himalaya:
a.. Imja Tse (winter) 6189 m
a.. Chhukung Ri 5546 m
a.. Cho Oyu until 7400 m
Anden:
a.. Chimborazo 6310 m
Pamir-Alai:
a.. Tschim-Targa 5478 m
a.. Pik Moskwa 5193 m
a.. Miraly 5170 m
a.. Pik Energie 5134 m
a.. Samok 5070 m
a.. Paichamber 4958 m
a.. zahlreiche 4000er
climbing in Alps and Saxon Switzerland

Christian Walter born 01.07.1970 in Weimar
lives in Meissen Profession: Electrical engineer
Climbing since 1984
Tours:
Thienshan:
a.. Chan Tengri 6995 m
a.. Trevglavich 5505 m
a.. Pik Igloo 5050 m
a.. Pik Pesni Abaja 4901 m
a.. Red Army Peak 5736 m (new route)
a.. Pik Pyramid 5233 m
a.. Pik Panorama 5040 m
a.. Pik Kayup Kap 4803 m
Pamir:
a.. Pik Korshenevskaya 7105 m
Caukasus:
a.. Elbrus 5642 m
a.. Dongusorun 4452 m
a.. Nakra Tau 4277 m
Himalaya:
a.. Nanga Parbat 8125m (Leader, up to 6800 m)
a.. Rupal Peak 5642 m (up to 5400 m)
a.. Laila-Peak 5971 m (1st ascent
a.. Rupal Peak 5642 m
a.. Tharpu Chuli 5500 m
a.. Singu Chuli 6501 m (up to 6000 m)
Karakorum:
a.. Broad Peak 8047 m (Leader, up to 7200 m)
a.. Mirshikar 5500 m
a.. Snow Dome 5027 m

Markus Walter born 02.01.1973 in Weimar
lives in Dresden Profession: Constructional engineer
Climbing since 1984
Tours:
Thienshan:
a.. Pik Kirow 6200 m
a.. Pik Diki 4832 m
Karakorum:
a.. Broad Peak 8047 m
a.. Kutshkulin Sar 5960 m (1. ascent)
a.. Sax Sar 5999 m (1. ascent)
a.. Yeti Sar 5860 m (1. ascent)
Himalaya:
a.. Cho Oyu 8201 m
a.. Manaslu 8163 m
a.. Cho Polu 6734 m (1. ascent)
Anden:
a.. Ranrapalca 6162m
a.. Tocllaraju 6032m
a.. Artesonraju 6025m
a.. Caraz I 6025m
a.. Nevado Ishinca 5530m
a.. Nevado Urus Oeste 5420m
a.. Cerro Chacua Grande 5405m (2nd ascent)
a.. Cerro Rumi Cruz Sur 5360m (2nd ascent)
a.. Cerro Chacua Central (5195m)
a.. Cerro Chacua Norte 5165m (1st ascent)
a.. Cerro Chacua Sur 5160m
a.. Cerro Jancacuta 4960m

more than 80 ski ascents of Alpin Peaks, more than 30 4000 m peaks in the Alps, Pyrenees, Karakorum, Himalaya and High Tatra 13 years of active service in the Mountain Rescue Service of Saxony Head of the subgroup Alpinism of the Saxon Climbers Association Founding member of the Alpine Club Saxony. Essar Karim

Update 6/25/2001: Kazahstan GASHERBRUM I & II EXPEDITION: Mr. Gia Tortladze a member of Kazahstan GB I and II Expedition has arrived and is in Islamabad, myself and Mr. Naiknam Karim were at the airport to receive him. The rest of the Expedition will be arriving to Islamabad on June 26th. Essar Karim

Update 6/21/2001: Spanish Gasherbrum II team led by Mr. Inigo Altube Basterretxa leave for Skardu. They teams other members are Roberto Rodrigo Espiga, Luis Basarrate Eguiguren, Angel Carlos, Carlos Francisco.

Update 6/21/2001: Swiss Gasherbrum II expedition is here to make final arrangements before they leave for Skardu. All of them are first time in Pakistan and also this is their first 8000 meters peak. The expedition is led by Mr. Daniel Schief Steiner and other members are Frederic Jordan, Bertrand David, Patrice Rouiller.

Update 6/14/2001: German Amical expedition led by Mr. Robert Rackl is depart for Skardu to attempt Gasherbrum II. Robert is a professional mountain guide and climbed Cho Oyu in 1998, Shishapangma in 2000. The other members are Robert Eckhardt (Dutch), Gisbert Weber, Monika Weber, Wilhelm Kreuzer (Austrian), Rudolf Gschaider, Rob Meijer (Dutch),  Bertold Hochstuhl, Ralf Rumpa, Michael Kropf (Swiss), Angelika Sontag and Franz Stoeckl. Watch them at www.amical.de

Many more updates below!

1.) [#10] UK Jagged Globe GII Expedition

David Hamilton UK GII south ridge Coming on 31-5-01 Members 07

Jagged Globe Gasherbrum II  - Leader David Hamilton (has led GII in 1998 and 1999, Broad Peak and Spantik last year).

This will be a featured Expedition on EverestNews.com.

David Hamilton (British) will make his 3rd consecutive attempt on Gasherbrum II, if succeeded he will be the first man to make a hat-trick on Gasherbrum II 8035 meters high peak.

David has been a regular visitor to Pakistan for the last 15 years. He will be working as the lead guide for Jagged Globe on this expedition. In his early visits to Pakistan he mostly lead trekking and small peak groups to Pakistan but with the time we turn to lead serious climbing expedition. With luck on his back he is becoming more popular in Mountaineering Community. This year he is leading two expeditions in Pakistani mountains one for Gasherbrum II and second one for Spantik Peak in Arandu Valley. David is an expert para-glider, he has summits Gasherbrum I and II, Chogolisa and Trichmir in Hindu Kush, besides unsuccessful attempt on Masherbrum (K1) and Everest. . 

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2.) [#13]  Chile Un-Nuevo Ochomil Para GI expedition

A eight member Gasherbrum I Chilean Expedition led by Mr. Claudio Galvez Santibane leaves for Skardu to attempt GI. The expedition represents the University of Santiago De Chile. The other members are Max Bombardiere, Daniel Ruttllant, Christian Buchannan, and Rodrigo Suarez. They are also planning to return for Nanga Parbat in year 2003.

This will be a featured Expedition on EverestNews.com.

3.) [#2] Belgium GII expedition

Mr. Graulich Brussels, Belgium GII Coming on 6/25/01 Members 10

4.) [#4] Spanish Expedition Comunidad Valenciana

Mr. Dario Bas Marin Valencia, Spain. GII Arriving on 10.6.01 Persons 15

5.) [#5] Spanish UES- Karakoram G II Expedition

Mr. Josep Noguera Pous, Spain. GII 6/21/01 persons 08

Japan Ketga 01 Diran Expedition

6.) [#7] Swiss Murmeli GII expedition

Mr. Daniel Schliefsteiner , Switzerland. GII North Face Coming on 25-6-01 Members 06

7.) [#8] Italian GII expedition 

Mr. Pompili Giuseppe Italy GII South West Ridge Arriving on 18.6.01 persons 08

8.) #12 Belgium Odyssee GI expedition

Mr. Fohal Belgium GI North Face arriving on 25.6.01 persons 10

9.) [Serial #1] Japan Meiji University G I and G II expedition

Mr. Kazuhiro Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan. G I North Face and GII South West Face Arriving 5/15/01 persons 01

10.) [#15] German Heidelberg GII expedition

Mr. Dieter Rapp Germany GII south end arriving on 27.7.01 persons 07

11.) #17 German Amical GII expedition

Mr. Robert Rackl Aschauerstr Germany

Update 6/14/2001: German Amical expedition led by Mr. Robert Rackl is depart for Skardu to attempt Gasherbrum II. Robert is a professional mountain guide and climbed Cho Oyu in 1998, Shishapangma in 2000. The other members are Robert Eckhardt (Dutch), Gisbert Weber, Monika Weber, Wilhelm Kreuzer (Austrian), Rudolf Gschaider, Rob Meijer (Dutch),  Bertold Hochstuhl, Ralf Rumpa, Michael Kropf (Swiss), Angelika Sontag and Franz Stoeckl. Watch them at www.amical.de

12.) [#18] German Saxon GII expedition

Mr. Markus Hannes Germany GII south east ridge arriving on 20.6.01 persons 07

13.) [#22] Japan Toching GII expedition

Mr. Ouchi Kazunari, Japan GII arriving on 07.6.01 persons 11

14.) [#35] Italian Focus International Nanga Parbat expedition

Mr. Christian Kuntner, Stelvio, Italy Nanga Parbat 8125m

coming on 10/6/01 member 10

FOCUS WORLD EXPEDITIONS: GII. Three teams will attempt GII. One Basque of 6, one mixed of six -Italian/German- and another one Italian of 6. They will attempt the normal route.

15.) [#36] Spanish Banoa GI expedition

Mr. Alberto Inurrategui Spain GI Coming 

Spanish Gasherbrum I expedition led by Mr. Alberto Inurrategi leave for Skardu to attempt GI. Mr. Alberto a famous Spanish climber is leading a five member, (Juan Lazkano, Juan Beloki, Jose Luis Mujica and Jose Angel Goni), climbing team. Mr. Alberto scaled Makalu in 1991, Everest in 1992, K2 in 1994, Cho Oyu and Lhotse in 1995, Kanchenjunga and Shishapangma in 1996, Broad Peak in 1997, Dhaulagiri in 1998, Nanga Parbat in 1999, Manaslu in 2000 and Gasherbrum II in 2000.

Update 6/9/2001: Spanish Gasherbrum I expedition led by Mr. Alberto Inurrategi has left for Skardu to attempt GI. Mr. Alberto a famous Spanish climber is leading a five member, (Juan Lazkano, Juan Beloki, Jose Luis Mujica and Jose Angel Goni), climbing team. Mr. Alberto scaled Makalu in 1991, Everest in 1992, K2 in 1994, Cho Oyu and Lhotse in 1995, Kanchenjunga and Shishapangma in 1996, Broad Peak in 1997, Dhaulagiri in 1998, Nanga Parbat in 1999, Manaslu in 2000 and Gasherbrum II in 2000.

Alberto climbed 12 out of 14 with his elder brother Felix. Felix was lost on GII in 2000 while he was coming down after reaching the Summit. Alberto has only Annapurna and G1 to finish the true Summits of the 14 8000 meter peaks. 

Last year on G1 and G2 was usually because there was deep snow. we reported the Stunning sad News from G2 last year, read it again here.

16.) [#38] Italian Focus International GII expedition

Mr. Daniel Tonani, Italy GII Coming on 01-06-01 Members 12

17.) [#43] French Allibert GII expedition

Mr. Villard Emmanuel, France GII Coming on 06-07-01 Members 15

18.) [#56] Kazakhstan GBI and II expedition

Mr. Ervand Llyinskiy, coming on 6/15/01, members 12 

19.) [#58] Spanish GBII expedition,

Mr. Inigo Altube Basterretxea, Spain, GII 8035m, coming on 6/4/01, members 07

20.) [#64]  UK international GII expedition

British Broad Peak Expedition led by Tom Richardson is here in Pindi for departure to Skardu to attempt Gasherbrum II. Tom is a very experience mountaineer. This is Tom's six visit to Pakistan. He has a experience team with him which includes Henry Todd (UK), David Mezlor (UK), Robert Harper, John Lawlor (Ireland), Andrew Wannerton (UK), Luis Strik (Netherlands).

21.) [#67] Austrian GB II expedition

Austria Gasherbrum II Coming on 22 –6-01 Members 05

22.) [#69] German Sexon Karakoram Expedition

Mr. Walter Hannes Markus, Germany Gasherbrum I Coming on 21-6-01 Members 07

23.) [#70] French Climb High GB II expedition

Mr. Schmidth Pierre, France Gasherbrum II Coming on 07-07-01 Members 05

24.) Update 6/11/2001: A three members Greek Gasherbrum II expedition has left for Skardu led by Mr. Tsivelekas Constantinos. Mr. Tsivelekas climbed Cho Oyu in 1993 and Shishapangma in 1994 is a very experienced climber, he has been to Pakistan before in 1997 and 1999 for Broad Peak (unsuccessful expeditions). They are part of the Athens Alpine Club. The other climbers are Yiannis Tilios and Christos Barouchas.

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